Daft Punk Random Access Memories $40 on Vinyl?

I was excited to see that the new Daft Punk album Random Access Memories will be released on May 21 in the US.  I was less excited to see that the vinyl release was going to be $40.

Daft Punk Random Access Memories

The conversation occurring on the Daft Punk website and on Reddit was an interesting one – a few people stated the price was too high and others were justifying the cost because “it also comes with a digital download code and a record-sized booklet.”   This is a silly argument, not because most records these days come with digital download codes, but that they are arguing in favor of the record companies’ draconian copyright laws.

Don’t be ignorant to the fact that you shouldn’t have to fork over any additional funds to transfer Random Access Memories from an analog format to a digital one.  Instead of doing things harder, better, faster, or stronger  – try doing them smarter.

Legally, you are allowed to create one backup copy of your music – meaning you can transfer it from the vinyl to your hard drive if you so choose.  The download code is meant to make this easier for you as a consumer so you don’t have to hook up a record player to your computer, manually record the songs, then separate and label the tracks. The download frees the music from the vinyl format it is otherwise locked in, allowing you to access it on any number of devices.

Back to the $40 – most records run between $15 and $25, including digital download code. Not one thing mentioned in the description of the vinyl release of Random Access Memories, from it being 180 gram vinyl to it being a double-gate fold cover (which is the norm for a two-disc record set) justifies this price. Until I have a sense of what the “record sized-booklet” that is included with this album actually contains, I am going to publicly state that you are being ripped off.

New Daft Punk song?

Supposedly, this track is from the upcoming Daft Punk release. Whether it’s authentic or not, it has a nice bass groove. Good job to whoever created this track!

Daft Punk?
“Dancing to the Beat (Disco Music)”

Music is getting exciting again! I feel like there has been a drought of things I’ve liked recently, but now I have something to look forward to.

Starfucker Miracle Mile Review

Starfucker, a band whose mainstream success is probably hampered by its name, delivers their fourth full-length album Miracle Mile.

Starfucker Miracle Mile cover

Starfucker is an indie/electronica act from Portland, Oregon. Their sound includes a lot of keyboard, a strong bass line, a bit of guitar, and males mostly singing in falsetto. I struggled to think of band with a similar sound, so I turned to Last.fm to see what comparison it made – Passion Pit, Neon Indian, and Washed Out.  While I disagree that Starfucker sounds like these  bands, my guess is if you like that kind of thing you’ll like Starfucker.

I loved Starfucker’s previous album, Reptilians. Starfucker did everything right on this album – catchy tunes, interesting lyrics, songs that stood on their own. It was synth heavy and played like an homage to Duran Duran. I was really looking forward to their next release, but had some concerns they’d be able to meet my expectations.

I was disappointed to find my skepticism was well-founded. Miracle Mile didn’t do it for me. The songs on the album, while enjoyable, were a bit bland. Where Reptilians succeeded in giving each track a life and sound of its own, Miracle Mile seemed to gloss over everything with low-fi distortion that made most tracks indistinguishable from the others.

There are some gems on Miracle Mile. “Atlantis” is a song I thoroughly enjoy. The lyrics at the beginning of the track are some of my favorite of any song in recent memory. “You are my angel. I am an astronaut.” The pairing of these two individuals seems so wonderful, but I would have never put the two together myself. “While I’m Alive” is catchy, but I think it’s a song that I will eventually tire of.

Verdict: Check Starfucker’s Miracle Mile out before you commit to buying. I think most people will enjoy the album, but you might not feel it is worth your money. While Miracle Mile isn’t the perfect album, it is enjoyable escapism from other sounds around you. Put on some headphones, and chair dance at your computer while pretending to work.

Video from Miracle Mile

Starfucker
“Atlantis”
Miracle Mile